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Sun 09° Gemini 15' 36"
Moon 02° Pisces 15' 48"
Mercury 22° Taurus 10' 59"
Venus 07° Gemini 46' 50"
Mars 22° Aries 30' 57"
Ceres 20° Capricorn 51' 53" 
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Pallas 26° Scorpio 00' 10" 
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Juno 10° Virgo 13' 29"
Vesta 21° Cancer 15' 58"
Jupiter 00° Gemini 59' 23"
Saturn 18° Pisces 39' 36"
Chiron 22° Aries 10' 59"
Uranus 24° Taurus 04' 15"
Neptune 29° Pisces 38' 05"
Pluto 01° Aquarius 56' 00" 
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TrueNode 14° Aries 01' 58" 
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The First Real Post on Pluto's Child

These are actually my initial thoughts, written for the About Page but I'm also putting it up as a post.  The About Page will undoubtedly change over time.  But here are my initial thoughts about what this site is about:

This site is an experiment for me. I started working on it with Pluto going into Capricorn and trining my Virgo Sun/Pluto.  It occurred to me during the 2008 presidential campaign and election of Barack Obama (also born with Pluto in Virgo) that Pluto going into Capricorn signifies (among other things) a changing of the guard from the Pluto in Leo generation (those born from approximately1939 to 1957 - like both Bill and Hillary Clinton, for example) to the Pluto in Virgo Generation ( approximately  1956 to 1972). Since my Pluto's early in Virgo and also rising and conjunct my Sun, I was thinking this would be good time to explore finding my own voice.

It also represents a changing of the guard for me in my personal life.

Most of my work in Astrology has been in support of my mother's work. Like a dutiful apprentice (or a good Virgo son), I worked to enable her to use the new "information superhighway" to sell her books and distribute her daily forecast.  Our website (estherandson.com) was one of the very first astrological sites on the internet in 1994.  We did reports and consultations via phone and e-mail and mom spent a good deal of time connecting with other astrologers via an e-mail list.  That was before blogs and facebook and twitter and all the rest that has come since.

As Pluto teaches over and over, things change.  Mom passed away in 2006 after struggling with arthritis and dementia. I spent some time trying to keep her forecast going after she was no longer able to keep writing.  But between taking on the tasks of being her primary caregiver and moving into a new house, it didn't seem to make sense to spend the time to keep it going.  So I let it go.  That is one of the lessons Pluto teaches.

For the time being at least, I'm not intending to offer consultations or open any kind of individual astrological practice. I'm experimenting and exploring and looking, I guess, to find and develop my own voice. I grew up with astrology rather than coming to it as an adult and I hope to use that perspective to inform what I do and write on Pluto's Child. I intend to explore a variety of topics, from world political and social events and trends, to my own personal day to day observations.

Astrology was developed and continues to be evolve based on observation within a complex network of micro and macro historical and cultural environments. In my own life, I have had many opportunities to observe for myself what works and what doesn't work when it comes to using astrology.  It seems to me that others should be able to have the same opportunity.  Just as one's physical health is a complex combination of environmental and genetic influences together with the ongoing process of learning 'what works' and what to avoid, using astrology in my own life is based on many years of observing what happens under a variety of different astrological influences.

For this site, I put together an assortment of tools that are essentially the tools I make use of every day to look at the numerological and astrological stuff going on. I don't use these tools to make my decisions - I use them to inform my decisions.  I offer them here to allow others to use them (or not) as they see fit.  I'll be happy to offer any clarification or input that I can, via comments, but what I'm really hoping is that I can find a way to help others make use of Astrology on their own.

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